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UK’s Boris Johnson demands China release early COVID-19 data

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UK's Boris Johnson demands China release early COVID-19 data

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday joined the White House in demanding China hand over key data from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that a priority for his close cooperation with President Biden will be leading a “global coordination in getting to the bottom” of the pandemic.

He said he “thoroughly supports” the Biden administration in its statement Saturday, which stated “deep concerns” over possible Chinese interference in the World Health Organization origins probe.

“We need to see the data. We need to see all the evidence,” Johnson said, echoing US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s call on Saturday demanding full transparency from China.

“We need to know exactly how it happened,” he said of the pandemic, noting the WHO findings were fuzzy even over long-held assumptions such as the new coronavirus emerging in Wuhan wet markets.

Sullivan’s stern statement Saturday came after a member of the WHO investigation team revealed that China had refused to hand over raw data on the earliest cases in Wuhan.

“We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them,” Sullivan said.

“It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government.

“To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak,” he said.

Johnson hailed his close bond and “fantastic conversations” with Biden — even though the president had once called him the “physical and emotional clone of Donald Trump.”

“I’ve had, already, two long, very good conversations with the president,” Johnson said, insisting there has been “important developments in the way UK-US thinking has been coming together in the last few weeks.”

He joked about how they were united in having the same slogan for pandemic recovery, “Build Back Better,” with the messy-haired British leader telling “Face the Nation” that he used it before Biden.

“But to be truthful, I think we nicked it from somewhere else before I started using it,” he conceded, adding, “But it’s the right slogan.”

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Ten rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting US troops on Wednesday morning, security sources said.

No fatalities were immediately reported in the attack on Ain al-Asad air base, which also houses Iraqi forces, the sources said.

A Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters that 13 rockets were fired at the base from about 5 miles away.

Monday’s attack is the second time in less than a month US forces were targeted on Iraqi soil.

A Feb. 15 rocket attack against a US military base in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member.

That strike led to a retaliatory bombing by the US last week on a complex inside Syria used by an Iran-supported militia.

The Biden administration said the airstrikes were intended to deter future attacks on US troops in Iraq.

With Post wires

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Texas man shoots wife, then himself inside doctor’s office

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A man shot and injured his wife inside a west Houston doctor’s office on Monday before turning the gun on himself, a report said.

Andrew Wang, 64, was at the medical office next to the Woman’s Hospital of Texas when he carried out the violence just before 3 p.m., Click2Houston.com reported, citing police.

“I’m going to kill you, I want you to die,” Wang was overheard saying before firing two shots at his wife, then himself, according to police.

Wang was declared dead on scene. Police found a gun at the office.

His wife was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to her chest and forearm, the report said. As of Tuesday morning, she was in stable condition.

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Investigators retrieve ‘black box’ data from Tiger Woods’ SUV

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Investigators working to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash have obtained data stored in the “black box” of the luxury SUV he was driving, a report said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant to gather the information, which could show the vehicle’s speed before the collision and whether its brakes were applied, authorities told USA Today.

“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl told the news outlet.

“If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision. If there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 alone when he veered across the median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the road and struck a tree.

The legendary golfer broke several bones in his lower right leg and is still recovering in the hospital.

A forensic car expert had told USA Today that it appeared Woods was not paying attention in the moments before the devastating crash.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney, a consultant who serves as an expert witness in court cases, told the news outlet.

Felix Lee, an accident reconstruction expert, told the outlet: “My feeling is that speed wasn’t that much of an issue. It was just some kind of inattention that caused the curb strike.”

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